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Spider-Man musical postponed again

Producers of Broadway's Spider-Man musical have postponed the show's official opening for a stunning sixth time, announcing that it will not officially open until this summer and that Julie Taymor will no longer helm the production.

Taymor, who directed and co-wrote the book for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, will remain a part of a new creative team, the producers said.

The delay revealed a production so trouble-plagued that it has taken itself out of the running for Tony Award consideration this year, but it will be eligible for the 2012 season.

"The team will be implementing a new plan to make significant and exciting revisions to the production," lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J Harris said in a statement.

"This amended schedule will allow the time necessary to execute the plan, which will include revisions to the script."

The show's representative, Rick Miramontez, said no performances will be cancelled during the overhaul.

Philip William McKinley and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa have joined the 65 million US dollar production to assist with new staging and rewrites for the show, which was to have opened on March 15.

Musical consultants Paul Bogaev and sound designer Peter Hylenski are also on the new team.

Bogaev, who won a Tony nomination in 2004 for his work on Bombay Dreams, has a history of working with rock musicians who craft musicals, including Tarzan with Phil Collins and Aida with Elton John. Hylenski worked on Elf, Shrek and Scottsboro Boys, among other shows.

"Julie Taymor is not leaving the creative team. Her vision has been at the heart of this production since its inception and will continue to be so," the producers said.

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